"Emily Torchiana has emerged from the shadows of cyberbullying and suicide attempts to turn life's darkest moments into moments of meaning for others who need a mental health hero. "
"Her words are courageous and she’s committed to her conviction...Torchiana is inspiring others to live"
- Dean Stephens, ABC News 4
"[This] girl single-handedly is shattering the ‘crazy’ stigma"
- Sweta Jalan, Healthcare Executive Magazine
"Emily knows that dark place of isolation. And sometimes that kind of understanding sheds enough light to guide us out."
- Alicia Lutz, The College Today
Suicide attempt survivor, Emily Torchiana, shatters the stigma surrounding mental health, by speaking at middle and high schools, conferences, and universities across the country about her experiences.
She speaks about being a victim to cyberbullying in high school, which led to her struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Social Anxiety, as well as overcoming a suicide attempt.
Rather than suffer silently, as many do, Emily decided to help others who also struggle with mental illnesses, by sharing her experience and encouraging others to open up. She began speaking locally, while she was attending college in Charleston, South Carolina.
From there, her personal story, which emphasizes the benefits of openly discussing mental illnesses and suicide, spread across the country. Her speeches bring to light the silent stigma of mental health. She combines this education with a call to action for the prevention of suicide nationwide.
In addition, Emily founded Lost Got Found, a non-profit organization. The organization shares stories of those affected by mental illness and assists them in taking the first step toward gaining support... letting others know about the silent struggles they face.